Quinine: Malaria and the Quest for a Cure That Changed the World

Quinine: Malaria and the Quest for a Cure That Changed the World

by Fiammetta Rocco
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060959002

ISBN-13: 9780060959005

Pub. Date: 08/17/2004

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Quinine: The Jesuits discovered it. The Protestants feared it. The British vied with the Dutch for it, and the Nazis seized it. Because of quinine, medicine, warfare, and exploration were changed forever.

For more than one thousand years, there was no cure for malaria. In 1623, after ten cardinals and hundreds of their attendants died in Rome while electing

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Quinine: The Jesuits discovered it. The Protestants feared it. The British vied with the Dutch for it, and the Nazis seized it. Because of quinine, medicine, warfare, and exploration were changed forever.

For more than one thousand years, there was no cure for malaria. In 1623, after ten cardinals and hundreds of their attendants died in Rome while electing Urban VII the new pope, he announced that a cure must be found. He encouraged Jesuit priests establishing new missions in Asia and in South America to learn everything they could about how the local people treated the disease, and in 1631, an apothecarist in Peru named Agostino Salumbrino dispatched a new miracle to Rome. The cure was quinine, an alkaloid made from the bitter red bark of the cinchona tree.

From the quest of the Englishmen who smuggled cinchona seeds out of South America to the way in which quinine opened the door to Western imperial adventure in Asia, Africa, and beyond, and to malaria's effects even today, award-winning author Fiammetta Rocco deftly chronicles the story of this historically ravenous disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060959005
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/17/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
499,981
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Maps
Early-Eighteenth-Century South Americax
Central Africaxi
World Map of Malariaxii
Acknowledgementsxiii
Introduction: The Tree of Feversxvii
1Sickness Prevails--Africa1
2The Tree Required--Rome25
3The Tree Discovered--Peru55
4The Quarrel--England84
5The Quest--South America108
6To War and to Explore--From Holland to West Africa139
7To Explore and to War--From America to Panama168
8The Seed--South America206
9The Science--India, England and Italy250
10The Last Forest--Congo281
Notes on Sources315
Further Reading333
Index339

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